Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Shin-Soo Choo drawing high praise from teammate Jay Bruce

The Redlegs (5-12) had their three-game winning streak snapped by the San Francisco Giants (7-8) on Wednesday. Cincinnati fell, 9-5, to the reigning World Series champs in Goodyear.

Bronson Arroyo started and limited the Giants to one earned run over four innings. On the contrary, Pedro Villarreal surrendered seven hits and six runs in relief. Villarreal managed to record just one out before being pulled.

Offensively, Denis Phipps, Jason Donald, and Derrick Robinson each had a pair of hits as the Reds pounded out 15 as a team. Additionally, Chris Heisey smashed a solo homer to notch his first hit of the spring.

The Reds will pay a visit to Peoria for a date with the Seattle Mariners Thursday afternoon.

Until then, here are some interesting quotes from the week...

+ "He's awesome. Hard worker, very regimented. Really wants to win, wants to be a great player, does everything. And that's something that these days is few and far between. You see less and less guys doing everything. He hits home runs, he steals bases, he gets on-base, he plays a tremendous outfield. And you can see why, too, in his work and his preparation."
Jay Bruce raving about Shin-Soo Choo

"I think he's going to be fine out there. I think he's going to do well. With the guys we have surrounding him, we cover plenty of ground out there, and he's going to cover his fair share of ground. And we don't play in Arizona or Colorado or San Diego, so I think it's going to be a non-issue, in my opinion."
- Bruce on Choo moving from right to center field

+ “You can’t replicate those in fielding practice, you can’t replicate that feeling. That’s one of the funniest plays in the game because anything that’s below your feet, I’m used to it. But anytime the ball’s up in the air and you don’t know where the runner is. It’s impossible to time the ball and you’re wondering, ‘where’s he at? Where’s he at? Where’s he at?’ And I’ve got to get this ball when it comes down cleanly and get rid of it cleanly. “That’s one of those plays that if it happens in the regular season you want to shoot yourself for about a week,” Arroyo said. “Luckily it’s spring training, so I just want to have dessert tonight.”
- Bronson Arroyo on his throwing error in the second inning on Wednesday

+ “I’ve been clear that I like the idea of Aroldis [Chapman] getting ready as a starter. But, at the same time, we’ve got to look at what is best for the team. I’ve never said (that I prefer him to close). I’d be disappointed if I was characterized as saying that.”
- Reds pitching coach Bryan Price on Chapman as a starter

+ “The most important is scoring runs, because that’s his job,” Baker said. “I envision Choo scoring 100 runs with the guys behind him. Most leadoff men in our league, a leadoff man who drives in 50 runs is pretty good. The American League is different because they have good hitters in the eighth, ninth spot. You want your middle guys to account for 100 both ways (RBI and runs). … Choo is going to have the ability to drive in 70 runs, because he’s going to drive himself in 20 times. You figure someone is on base half the time, you figure 30 RBI before he’s scored off someone driving him in.”
- Dusty Baker on Choo

+ “I’d like to make a decision in the next week or so, so I can get my team together. The decision is not only mine, it’s ours. But I got my opinion.”
- Baker on whether to start the season with Chapman starting or closing

+ "I'm not where I need to be. I seem to struggle in the first inning for some stupid reason. I need to attack the strike zone more. I give the hitters too much credit. My changeup is coming around though and my slider is really good."
- Mat Latos on his start from Tuesday (4 IP, 1 ER, 6 K)

+ "He's like your epitome of a utility pitcher. He's a spot starter, can pitch long relief, can come in specialty. It took him a while to get his arm conditioned to doing this. You've got to get your arm conditioned to go back to back, especially when he was a starter the whole time...The main thing is he is not scared. He knows how to pitch."
- Baker on Sam LeCure

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